Despite numerous rumors saying otherwise, it looks like Disney and Lucasfilm have no intention of recasting Indiana Jones after all. Just a few weeks ago, producer Frank Marshall seemed to confirm that the plan was never to recast the role as much as they were looking to merely pass the torch on from Ford’s Indiana to another, new character. When it comes to iconic movie roles too, Harrison Ford firmly hold two characters near the top of every cinephile’s list, with Jones and Han Solo, and it’s nice to see that the creative team behind the franchise are well aware of the nearly inimitable charm and presence he brought to that character.
Coming off of the recent announcement that Disney and Lucasfilm are hard at work looking at over 2,500 actors to play a young Han Solo in their 2018 standalone Star Wars movie too, Steven Spielberg recently spoke with Screen Daily about the future of the Indiana Jones franchise, hopefully confirming once and for all that Ford will NOT be recast in the next installment:
“It’s certainly not my intention to ever have another actor step into his shoes in the way there have been many actors that have played Spider-Man or Batman. There is only going to be one actor playing Indiana Jones and that’s Harrison Ford.”
Honestly, if I had it my way, we would get one more installment in the franchise with Ford reprising the role again, as a final send-off to the character and franchise, hopefully providing a much more satisfying conclusion than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull did, and we’d be done. That would be it because it really doesn’t make much sense to me, personally, to either recast the role or have another character headline the Indiana Jones franchise because well… then it really isn’t an Indiana Jones movie.
However, it’s clear that Disney and Lucasfilm are likely planning on kick-starting the franchise much in the same way they have with Star Wars (whenever they get the time to turn away and work on other projects), and I can’t really blame them. Hollywood is a business after all. So if they are going to continue the franchise, I’d rather have Indy pass the torch on to another, than be recast. Ford brought something to both Solo and Jones that no other actor could at the time, and is the main reason they’ve become such iconic, cinematic characters.
Considering the current hurdle that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are facing with their Han Solo spin-off movie too, opting out of recasting Ford twice is probably a wise move on the studio’s part.
Indiana Jones 5 is currently in development.
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